COUNCIL officials continue to monitor two traveller encampments in Poole but have not yet taken any action to evict them.

Nineteen caravans and associated vehicles remain at Creekmoor's park and ride site, where Borough of Poole has provided skips and toilets.

The council believes it is likely the travellers are heading for the Dorset Steam Fair, which takes place at Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford, at the end of August.

A council spokesman said: “This is a closed site, and hence the travellers are not hindering any planned public events or preventing the use of parking/recreation space.

“We are monitoring the encampment and will gather any evidence of detriment to the local community necessary to support an application to the courts for eviction.

“Previous evictions have not however prompted the travellers to leave Poole, and further evictions are likely to result in more dispersal across the borough.

“Once possession has been regained we will repair the damage to the boundary and re-secure the site.”

Meanwhile, five caravans and a motor home remain at Poole's Sterte Esplanade, where the council has also provided a skip and toilets.

Court action has not commenced against either encampment.